Parent Bulletin 24
Friday 13 September
Report from School Council September Meeting
Strathmore Secondary College will be engaging in a School Review term 4 this year. Once every four years a review is conducted in every government school.
A panel for the Review that represents the school community will be formed to guide the process. Good schools regularly evaluate their progress, celebrate their success and look for further opportunities for improvement. As part of the review, to address the Panel’s Terms of Reference, parent focus groups will be conducted on Friday 8 November and Monday 11 November. If you would like to participate please contact the college to register your interest.
Email Strathmore Secondary College or phone 9379 7999.
The outcome of the Review will be the development of the school’s Strategic Plan for the next four years.
The Art Department coordinated the 23rd Annual Senior Art Exhibition, held 5 – 8 September at Neon Parlour Thornbury. Big Band has their live ‘Pub Gig’ coming up on 19 September at the Post Office Hotel, Coburg. All welcome!
Senior Boys Football State Finalists
On Wednesday the 4th of September, the senior boys took part in the School Sport Victoria State Football Finals.
This was the second year in a row that the senior boys had made it to this level and a wonderful achievement. With a decimated squad, mainly due to injury and unavailability, the boys including year 10, 11 and 12 students took to the pitch in their first game against Mildura SC and were defeated 2-1 in an exciting game which could have gone either way. In a spirited second game the boys put pressure on Balwyn HS but lost 3-0. In the third game Strathmore SC defeated Thornbury HS in what was our best performance for the day.
Coaching the boys from Year 7 and seeing them develop into young adults is always a proud moment as a teacher and coach. It is emotional to see the year 12s put on the boots for the last time for Strathmore SC, but knowing that the students have been given great opportunities and made wonderful memories is pleasing. It has been a wonderful journey and good luck for the future.
Raukawa CASSIDY-RICKARD, Jayden CULLINANE, Phoenix DAVEY, Adar DEMIRCI, Elijah DIAMANTOPOULOS, David GRASER, Jordan GRAY, Steven KARAYIANNIS, Elijah MICHAEL, Adrian NASO, Julian RISOLI, Luka SAMARDZIC, Jesse SUMMERS, Liam WALKER
Unable to play
Keiran PEREIRA (school football captain), Luka RADOSLOVIC-CLEMENTE, Luke GANINO, Lachlan CROWLEY, Eren SARGIN, Nathan PAVLOV, Destan ANAKLI, Peter GOULAS
Paracosm Celebration Night
On Friday 6th September, we celebrated our 23rd annual Senior Art Exhibition ‘Paracosm’ at Neon Parlour gallery in Thornbury. The night was a huge success, with many students, families, staff members and friends enjoying the works of art created by our senior artists. 62 works were exhibited and many which were available to purchase were snapped up by savvy art collectors.
The exhibition was formally opened by Eva Giannoulidis (SSC 2005), who spoke beautifully about her evolving career in the arts, and discovering her love of ceramics. Eva operates Ceramica Mechanica, a local ceramic studio, and she has been working with students all year in our Year 8 & 9 Artist in Residence classes.
We would like to again congratulate all of the students who exhibited their work, and thank everyone who came along over the weekend to support the show.
Student Leadership Teacher Debate
Last Friday the Junior Student Leadership Council hosted a Teacher Debate in the school Theatrette at lunch time. Six teachers formed two teams, going head-to-head on the hot topic of supporting the recently announced government phone ban at schools.
Over 120 students gave a gold-coin donation at entry to see the event. All proceeds raised were donated to World Vision.
The event was a great success. The ‘against’ team won, with Mr. St. George’s animated and well-planned (albeit significantly over allocated time) delivery as the second speaker being the stand-out on the day.
Thank you to all nine teachers who participated in some manner; to the others who helped with arrangements; and to all the students who donated. Student Council intends to make this an annual event.
'Tomorrow’s Leaders Today' Boot Camp Program
During Term 3, selected Year 9 students participated in a 8 week leadership program covering topics such as values, choices and consequences, communication, goal setting, team work, opportunity and sacrifice. The program is supported by Strathmore Secondary College’s Wellbeing team and facilitated by Jamie Luscott who has been running the program for over 10 years.
“The Tomorrow’s Leaders of Today Bootcamp was a really eye-opening experience for all the girls who participated. Through open and honest discussions, and outdoor team and trust building activities, we were given the opportunity to learn a wide variety of leadership based skills, but also better learn about ourselves as people. Throughout the term, I personally completed these activities with people whom I was not very familiar with, and it allowed me to get to know these girls on a unique level, along with learning about myself and my own values. This program has been incredibly beneficial, and I have no doubt that the lessons learned will stick with us forever. On behalf of all the girls who participated this term, thank you to the well-being team and Jamie for all your hard work!”
All students involved are commended on their dedication and engagement with the program and should be congratulated on their achievements
Intermediate Boys Football - 3 x State Champions
On Wednesday the 4th of September, Strathmore Secondary College Intermediate Boys Football Team competed in the Victorian State Finals. They were drawn into arguably the more challenging group on the day. The conditions were perfect for sport and the players were very excited to be there. The team came up against tough opposition like Rowville SC, Bendigo South East SC, and Northcote SC, two of which run a respected football program.
The first match of the day was against Bendigo South East SC. The boys played exciting football and managed to defeat their opponents 2-0. The second match against Rowville proved to be an even tougher test. Eventually, the boys outsmarted their opponents and got the reward they deserved by defeatinging them 1-0. The third and final match of the group stage saw SSC vs Northcote SC. This game provided the opportunity for the boys to showcase their talent. The speed of play and execution of decisions enabled the boys to overcome their opponents 5-0. A great run of results with 3 out of 3 wins meant the boys would face Notre Dame SC in the final.
The final match was played to an exceptional standard. The boys displayed many of the values that SSC teachers instill into their students and came out on top 1-0. “Coaching this team has been a joy. The boys respect for each other and opponents, their drive and perseverance have enabled them to lift this trophy” said Mr. Fanoscu.
Mr. Amiridis also commented on the teams performance stating “this team has been the benchmark of football for the past 3 years, winning 3 State Finals in a row, in Year 7, year 8 and now intermediate level. The intermediate boys cohort has progressed passed the Western Zone and made the State Finals each year since 2014, obtaining 3 runners-up flags and now a State Championship. It is a wonderful achievement for the school”.
Well done intermediate boys football team, STATE CHAMPIONS 2019!
Alec Becvinovski, Andre Colakovski, Jackson Curcija, Austin Ganino, Joseph Guerrera, Steven Karayiannis, Sebastian Kounetas, Isaac Lanza, Pierce Malliaris, Anthony Manduca, Marc Radoslovic-Clemente, Liam Sacco, Jason Samardzic, Lucas Smaragdiou, Ethan Tasevski, Luca Tasevski, Xavier Tasevski, Jack Warrick.
Austin Ganino 3, Andre Colakovski 2, Liam Sacco 1, Jason Samardzic 1, Lucas Smaragdiou 1
Summary of results for 2019 football
Round 1 Moonee Valley District / Round 2 Western Zone Finals / Round 3 State Finals
Year 7 Boys - Western Zone Finalists
Year 8 Boys - Western Zone Finalists
Intermediate Boys - State Champions
Senior Boys - State Finalists
Year 7 & 8 Girls - Western Zone
Intermediate Girls - Western Zone Finalists
Mr Fanoscu & Mr Amiridis
Dante Alighieri Poetry Competition
The Dante Alighieri Poetry Competition is an integral part of our Italian program at SSC. During this term, Years 9 and 10 Italian students participated in the Poetry Recitation Competition at Melbourne University. Many students performed well and they will shortly receive a certificate of either Merit, Distinction or High Distinction.
Whilst we would like to acknowledge the effort all students who participated in the poetry recital, a special mention is extended to our finalists;
Furthermore, a very big congratulations to our Second Prize Winner, Belinda Davide in Year 10 for her poetry recital, Italia Bella by Arpalice Cuman Pertile in the Italian Australian section of the Victorian Competition.
Strathmore Secondary College Big Bands
Post Office Hotel
Thursday 19th September
The Strathmore M1 and D13 Big Bands, both named after their original rehearsal rooms at school, will perform. The D13 Big Band consists of students from years 7-11 who will play the first set on the night. Their set will feature jazz classics and blues tunes. The M1 Big Band will take care of the next two sets with an array of tunes from the swing and post swing eras.
World Vision 40 Hour Famine
Last weekend was World Vision’s 40 Hour Famine Backpack Challenge, when people across the world take on various challenge to show their support, and raise funds via sponsorship, for displaced peoples.
Strathmore Secondary College had five students undertake the challenge and, combined with funds collected from the Teacher Debate event and dance workshops, ended up raising a total of $2232 for World Vision!
This is a highly impressive effort from this group of student leaders, all of whom show empathy and dedication to helping those less fortunate.
A massive congratulations and thank you to Ella Edward, Rachael Hibbert, Tabatha Sango, Grace Snell and Zoe Warren for their fundraising efforts. Also, thank you to anyone who donated.
Donations are accepted for these students’ efforts up until the end of September. If you wish to donate, please head to the school’s challenge page via this link, select any student, and follow the “Donate” button.